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Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart in The House of Mirth (2000) “A woman is asked out as much for her clothes as for herself” Edith Wharton

Frontispiece from The house of mirth · Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937 · 1905 · Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

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From The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 1905 -- absolutely stunning!

The House of Mirth (published in 1905) by Edith Warton. It's set against the backdrop of the 1890s New York aristocracy (American literary naturalism). The tragic heroine, Lily Bart, is placed in a society that she describes as a "hot-house of traditions and conventions.

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Gillian Anderson, House of Mirth Gillian Anderson's costume from the House of Mirth (2000). c.1905

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Gillian Anderson as Lily Bart in The House of Mirth (2000)

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton,1905. "It's the must-read book for all jeunes filles à marier in their twenties. The protagonist, Lily Bart, is a twenty-nine-year-old orphan who must marry a wealthy man quick, or lose her place in society. It’s a cautionary tale—all about the perils of pride and individuality, and the unfeelingness of society toward those who would go their own way—but one that convinces the reader that Lily, if she is to live with dignity, has no choice but to be herself."